Thomas Small, a contemporary dance choreographer from Dundee has become BBC Radio 2’s first ever official Artist in Residence.
In association with digital arts organisation The Space, Radio 2 offered the unique opportunity for a working artist to win a golden pass to station events for 12 months in return for a minimum of four artistic creations.
Thomas Small, who is 38 years old and from Ballumbie in Dundee, says: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be appointed the first BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence. Following a knee jerk, lip tremble and a small wobble, I’m completely over the moon! This is an unrivalled opportunity to push my artistic practice forward with the support and guidance of a high-profile mentor. I’ve got some exciting projects planned to respond to the fantastic programme of Radio 2 events and I cannot wait to get stuck in.”
Thomas will be awarded a £15,000 bursary provided by The Space, who will separately cover all materials and expenses up to a maximum budget of £20,000. The artist’s work will be showcased on BBC Arts Online, the Radio 2 website and The Space website, and he will also have the opportunity to be mentored by a leading figure in the world of the arts.
The work was judged by a panel, including Sir Peter Blake, Radio 2 Arts Show presenter Claudia Winkleman, Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan and Anthony Lilley, interim CEO and Creative Director of The Space. Five shortlisted artists were invited to present their work to the panel at Radio 2 in London on 5 June 2015.
Bob Shennan says: “Tommy is an amazing talent. His skill and dynamism will bring a whole new creative dimension to some of Radio 2’s most iconic output.”